When Tommy dropped out of the series, Jason David Frank was cast as Adam Steele, the leader of the titular superhero team, in a Saban-produced pilot called “Cybertron” called “Cybertron” (the series title was changed to “Virtual Soldiers”). In the series, the Marines must protect the world from mutants living in another dimension, accessible through virtual reality technology. The series eventually aired without Frank. According to Chicago Tribune, the show capitalized on the growing craze for virtual reality. Like Power Rangers, the series relied heavily on Japanese footage. After two seasons, VR Troopers was closed.
In 2017 It’s a hashtag show sat down with Frank to discuss his career. In an interview, the actor was asked about Cybertron. Accordingly, after filming the show’s pilot, Frank received a message from Saban about the Green Ranger’s popularity. Apparently, the kids started staging informal protests after he left the series, prompting the parents to petition Saban for his return. Unfortunately, as footage of the Green Ranger was exhausted, the producers brought him back as the White Ranger using footage from another season of Super Sentai.
“It just so happened that The Green Ranger became super popular.” Frank explained. “…They said, ‘We have a problem,’ and I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ You lost your powers because of the show, kids from all over the world, parents and everyone else calls and says, “Hey, my child won’t eat, they won’t go to school, so Saban and FOX got scared and put me back on the show as White ranger. It’s a true story, they had a petition that “we need to get the Green Ranger back”.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
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